Chill out with cool Labor Day dishes

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

With a summer's worth of barbecued hamburgers, steaks and chicken behind us, it's time to look for ways to use up the bumper crop of cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers from our gardens and find new ways to enjoy fresh melons.

Cold soups made from fruits and vegetables offer revitalizing options for appetizers or light meals. When they are served from edible food containers, or the hollowed-out skins of the foods from which they are made, they can be enjoyed for both their taste and attractiveness.

For dessert, ice cream continues to be immensely popular, particularly when it's homemade. If chocolate is your flavor, you'll want to try the recipe for Luscious Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, exceptional for its rich taste with a smooth and dense texture, all without the use of an expensive or cumbersome ice cream machine.

It is hard to believe that summer is ending and another season is just around the bend. Lucky for us, it's almost fall, and with it will come fresh recipes to try and new tastes to discover. I look forward to sharing it with you.

Sue Ade is a gourmet baker and collector of vintage cooking utensils and cookbooks. She can be reached at or 843-683-0375.

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